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Posted on Oct 30, 2013 | 39 comments

I Need A Vacation- When You Just Want Something Else, Somewhere Else, Somehow, and Now

I Need A Vacation- When You Just Want Something Else, Somewhere Else, Somehow, and Now

Naked, I stood there waiting for the water to turn hot. It did turn brown, but it never turned hot. I went to the restroom and practically fell off when the loose toilet seat teetered. In my annoyance, I realized something. Something huge. I don’t want any more cold showers. I don’t want to brush my teeth, my face, my body, my dishes, nor my food with brown water. I don’t want to sleep in any more tarantula- infested attics, nor in dilapidated wooden shacks sweltering in heat and decorated with mosquitoes as thick as fog. I don’t want to share my bedroom with the neighbor’s cats who have taken the area under my kids’ bed for a litter pan. I don’t want sand flies, or drunk drugged people around me. I don’t want to hold the computer up just so to get internet and I don’t want to eat junky, starchy, white-floured processed foods because I can’t find or can’t afford the healthy alternatives. I don’t want breathe...

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Posted on Nov 3, 2016 |

Teenage Turmoil & Our Tel Aviv Family Vacation

Teenage Turmoil & Our Tel Aviv Family Vacation

1:47 a.m. ain’t what it used to be. I still love the utter silence, the aloneness, the ability to focus on the only thing making noise in the house- my fingers tapping on the keys. That part of my night-owl-ness I can still connect to. We’re leaving tomorrow for a week-long Israeli road trip and all the doubts of traveling again with my family make swallowing a real endeavor. We found the cutest little Airbnb five minutes walk from the beach. Awesome sponsors ready to make the Tel Aviv portion of the trip beyond kick-ass. Family, friends, and maybe even my long-lost cousins. All real woo-hoo-able. I think it’s the fighting around here lately that is bringing up all my fears and doubts about being in a closed vehicle or closed quarters with my kids. Like it or not, technology and having their own rooms have made our teenage-bursting home life more bearable when the shit hits the fan. Explode and then scatter, each to his own distraction corner....

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Posted on Aug 25, 2013 | 11 comments

Things To Pack for the Annapurna and Your Regular Family Vacation

Things To Pack for the Annapurna and Your Regular Family Vacation

So, the Annapurna is looming up ahead of us and we’re remarkably calm. (I know!) We’d bought our hiking boots back in Cebu City, Philippines and have been wearing them for a few hours a day to get them nice and comfy. We had heard that if you don’t, suffering from blisters on the Annapurna Circuit is no fun. So, we’ve got other things done too: all sorts of female meds just in case I or 2/3 of the film crew get something on that mountain where there are no meds. I also bought some flash cards that I am slowly [slower than a dead turtle slowly] filling up with cool, inspirational learning tidbits* that I think will be motivating life-lessons sort of learning while we hike. We’re currently on vacation in Malaysia with literally 1/3 of our stuff and doing really well. Every time we do a little vacation and find that we can live (and ironically are still too heavy) with a third of our stuff, we...

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Posted on Jun 21, 2015 | 8 comments

Why Traveling with My Family Again Scares the Shit Out of Me- Why Not to Family World Travel

Why Traveling with My Family Again Scares the Shit Out of Me- Why Not to Family World Travel

We hit the road in less than two weeks and I’m not sure that that is a good thing. We were out of our house for three and a half years and discovered a world of beauty, magic, love, and blessing; and also the darker shades of insanity, depression, stuckness, and sweat. We leave for Sweden, Latvia, Finland, and Estonia for the entire summer, and while I’m really happy to be on the road again with my tribe; I’m also really scared. I’ll explain… This morning (again) was tough, as sometimes family life is. Sometimes it’s tough in a closed, cramped vehicle; sometimes it’s tough in the living room; sometimes (often) [lately, usually] the kids can fight (ferociously) and Kobi and I (against our better wise-parent judgement) get entangled in their drama and in the unpredictable storms of shifting hormones/middle school woes/self-esteem messes/adolescent confusion/sibling rivalry and we drown. Well, I’ll speak for myself. I drown. Highly Sensitive Person I am a highly sensitive person. Always have been; most likely,...

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Posted on Jan 30, 2015 | 3 comments

Hate, Judgement, & Wild Rashes- Unexpected Twists of Spiritual Healing Journeys- India

Hate, Judgement, & Wild Rashes- Unexpected Twists of Spiritual Healing Journeys- India

So my face rash is going down, but other things have come up. I haven’t shown you the rashes for my ego freaked out against it. Every cell of my vanity (and there are oceans of em) was against actually posting me looking totally beaten up and deformed. And yet, true to form, if I walk this talk of sharing “the sweaty, teary, and beautiful” than here we go. [Photos in the second half of the post.] I remind myself of the guy from Mask (not the Jim Carey one, the one from 1985 that portrays the true life story of Rocky Dennis , a red head with a massive facial deformity who had a blind girlfriend, and he dies right after he removed the tacks from his map of dreams because the parents forbade her to see him again, and he finally understood that the fight he was fighting to be accepted for who he was, was not going to happen. Oh, such a hard movie!) So, I look like...

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Posted on Jul 8, 2014 | 4 comments

Parenting on the Road- Sugar Daddy Debates, Being Normal, & Morality – SmallHotels.com.tr, Macaron Konagi Otel- Ayvalik, Turkey

Parenting on the Road- Sugar Daddy Debates, Being Normal, & Morality – SmallHotels.com.tr, Macaron Konagi Otel- Ayvalik, Turkey

So, we’re in Ayvalik, Turkey and staying in a gardened fairy tale at Macaron Yuvasi Otel. We’ve been in paradises before and felt like hell, or have been in the most exotic oasis and hated home. Most assume that our life is all about butterflies and rainbows, and it is, and it isn’t. Most would assume we spend all day skipping in the butterflied fields with our children and deeply admiring them. And we do, but often we don’t. Do I adore my life style, my blessed opportunity to be a nomad? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and a bit of no. Sometimes I need a vacation, desperately. Do I adore my children to death? I do. But, honestly, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I’m sick of the whining, I’m sick of pushing, I’m sick of being the bad guy. And while Macaron Yuvasi Otel and Ayvalik, Turkey was, was, was, really, truly, truly a fairy tale, there were those pockets of mini-hell in which we, Kobi and I, looked at...

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Posted on Jan 1, 2014 | 27 comments

The Best of the Nomadic Family Travel Blog 2013- The Three Most Miserable RTW Travel Posts

The Best of the Nomadic Family Travel Blog 2013- The Three Most Miserable RTW Travel Posts

So, everyone is all into this celebratory mood! Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukah! Happy New Year! And while I don’t think these are perfect excuses to convince the masses to buy so-way-deep-into-it-that-they-can’t-get-their-heads-out-anymore consumerism, I do believe that every day is the perfect Now Day to celebrate our lives. I do like the idea of using any and every feasible excuse to reflect and breath deeply and say ‘thank you’. And not just a feeble, kinda shy ‘thank you’ but a stand naked on the roof top with your hands way out there and look up at the heavens and yell “THANK YOU!” And so,  there are endless blessings and a bottomless ocean of miracles unfolding before me at every given moment, and I wanted to give you/share/show off/reflect what I think are a few of those moments that I have been somehow able to capture and bring live. And so… (I love starting sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’… what does that say about me?) I’ll be your lovely host through...

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Posted on Nov 23, 2013 | 31 comments

After 18 Months in Asia- Three Oddities of the West & My Little Holiday- Houston, Texas

After 18 Months in Asia- Three Oddities of the West & My Little Holiday- Houston, Texas

“Are you doing the no deodorant Indian thing?” “How about this great perfume?” as she sprays my neck. “Toilet paper goes in the toilet.” “Good God, girl, where the hell are your shoes?” I am shocked how much I don’t fit in, how I’ve changed after eighteen months in Asia, and how funny it is not to know some social norms that I used to live by. Are you ready for three oddities of the Western world? I’m on a holiday alone in Houston, Texas and it’s really raw.  The US in Twelve-Minutes We loved our time as a family in the US, and adored our time in the RV! We’re still drooling over the idea of a USA holidays family adventure again. Kobi made a great video that I thought I could just stick in here before I tell you the odd stuff that I still can’t totally get. It’s a great video Kobi! (The post Twelve Minutes has great pics too!) Three Oddities of the Western World...

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